While Archbold High School is providing tablet computers to students, Pettisville High School is taking a different approach.
Speaking to Pettisville School Board at its Monday, Jan. 14 meeting, Michael Lane, PHS principal, reviewed the school Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
The program started with allowing students access to cell phones before and after school, at lunch, and between classes.
Last month, the program was expanded to encourage students to bring their own laptop, tablet, or notebook computers to use for academic purposes.
Lane said the program is running smoothly. It allows students to work on the electronic devices and access the wireless network that extends throughout the school building.
He said the district believes the program allows students better options for choosing their preferred devices, and laptop computers provide better training for standardized testing that will require students to use a keyboard and computer mouse.
Lane told the board that Pettisville will host the Fulton County Music Festival, featuring an all-county band and choir, Sunday, Feb. 3, in the school theater.
It is the first time Pettisville has hosted the event, which rotates among the county school districts on a two-year cycle.
The board also approved a contract with Music Theatre International. The contract allows the high school to perform “Pirates of Penzance” as the 2013 musical.
Prior to the regular January meeting, the board held its annual organizational meeting.
John King and Dan Bruner were reelected as board president and vice president.
The board also approved continuing the $20 per meeting stipend for board members, up to a maximum of 24 meetings per year.
Board members will receive additional funds for time spent attending training sessions and seminars relating to education and public schools.
The board will continue to meet on the second Monday of each month at 7 pm during the school year, and 8 pm during the summer.
The November meeting will be held on the first Monday to allow members to attend the Ohio School Board Association conference in Columbus.
Thomas Beck and Dawn Hauter will serve as the two board appointees to the Pettisville School Foundation nine-member Board of Trustees.
Kurt Nofziger is president; David Grieser, vicepresident, and Neil Rupp, secretary-treasurer.
Other members are Randy Beck, Dan Sauder, Tom Beck, and Scott Rupp.
The Foundation will send a mailing to elect additional board members in the future.– D.J. Neuenschwander